SAIC Fashion Show-guest post by Danielle

Danielle of, shared her recent trip to Chicago to enjoy the sights, sounds and of course, fashion in the city!
I recently spent a fabulous long weekend in Chicago exploring the city, shopping and eating at some amazing restaurants. With the help of some web searching, I was able to score a room at a hip Chicago hotel, allowing me to stay within my budget for the four-day visit. After shopping up and down the length of the Magnificent Mile, I hopped the train to Wicker Park and Logan Square to check out boutiques for vintage clothing.

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It was the perfect time to visit the Windy City because the annual School of the Art Institute of Chicago Fashion Show was held on April 19. In the 78-year history of the SAIC Fashion Show, this was the largest number of garments shown. One of the highlights of the show was seeing Cynthia Rowley, an alumna of the fashion school, who was honored with the 2012 SAIC Legend of Fashion Award.

Several hot fashion trends were on display at the show:



Many students drew inspiration from outer space and futuristic ideas. Senior Andrew Cruz showed a body-hugging leotard with angled reflective sunglasses, while Leah Babette offered a metallic menswear bodysuit with rugged army-inspired boots.

Bold stripes

Several students presented looks with large, bold stripes. Alyssa van Sickel’s yellow and white-striped top with three-quarter sleeves was a breezy, interesting look. Pairing it with a flowing gray and brown-striped skirt created a chic look that I’m dying to replicate.

Game of Thrones

HBO’s hottest new series was an apparent influence in this year’s fashion show. Lucy Silverman’s luxurious cream fur coat topped with a gold, crown-like headpiece was a hit. I also loved Jenny Farrell’s use of rich, deep red velvet in a nod to the medieval fantasy aesthetic of the TV series.

Vibrant Menswear

Menswear is no longer confined to drab colors and silhouettes. Paul Musial showed a brilliant menswear look with slouchy blue pants paired with a vibrant yellow blazer. Men, take a chance with your wardrobe this season and add a pop of color to your look.

In all, the SAIC Fashion Show was the highlight of my trip to Chicago. It was inspiring to see the fresh new faces in the fashion scene and get new ideas to keep my wardrobe current. I’ll certainly be following several of these designers in the years to come, and I can’t wait to see the hot new trends at next year’s show.


Danielle is a full-fledged, no apologies, into-the-trenches thrift store warrior. When she isn’t scouting out her next hot find; she blogs for Sears and other brands she uses. She’s found everything from jumpsuits to grass skirts to a wedding dress and gotten the old lady smell out of all of them. Read her fashionably thrifty musings on